A wonderful week for cycling, with sun most mornings as I biked across to Holborn, starting the days either at Volans or SustainAbility. The new office is really starting to come together now that the new desking is in, so people have migrated from the boardroom table in the front room to the large room, overlooking the gardens at the back. And the place is starting to take on the salon-like feel Sam and I always had in mind, and which is so nicely captured in the book The Medici Effect, by Frans Johansson, which I read recently – and several other members of the team consider some sort of bible.
An example was Wednesday, when Jodie (Thorpe) of SustainAbility came over with Kelly Michel, founder and executive director of Artemesia International (http://www.artemesiafoundation.org), to talk about their work with social entrepreneurs in Brazil, France and Senegal. Part-way through the session, Pamela invited to rest of the Volans London team in and the Medicis came readily to mind.
Spent a good deal of time on the World Energy Council White Paper I have been drafting – but the highlight of the working week was a session yesterday with Rupert Bassett on the design of the new Volans visual identity, which we will launch in September. Again, as the photos show, something of a team effort.
Have spent much of today, when not reading through the usual heap of newspapers or musing in the sun, in drafting new sections of the Volans website, also due to launch in early September. The thing is really starting to come together.
Red seated Ale Hoovering – with one of our two Henry machines Ale’s birthday cake – with match instead of candles Cake 2 Design 1: Astrid and Rupert Design 2: Rupert and Astrid Design 3 Design 4: Astrid, Pamela, Charmian, Sam Design 5: Smita, Rupert, Astrid, Charmian, Pamela, Sam In a meeting at SustainAbility (taken by Sam)